Dear Higley Families,
Below are two letters from Superintendent Dr. Denise
Birdwell regarding the upcoming budget process for the 2015-16 school year.
AzMerit Testing Information, Schedule and Calendar
Greetings Higley High School Community,
As many of you know, Arizona has shifted away from the AIMS test, except for the biology test for this year, to the AzMerit test. There are several differences between the two. Most significantly, passing the AIMS test was a high school graduation requirement. AzMerit tests, for high school students, are end of course tests. Eventually, they will count as part of a student's grade in the course. Higley High School will be administering AzMerit tests during the month of April. Due to the fact that each testing session is longer than our class periods, we have had to adjust our schedule to accommodate the AzMerit test. We will be using a block schedule for 10 days of school during April. Please click on the following link to see the AzMerit Testing Schedule and other pertinent information such as how EVIT students test: AzMerit Testing Calendar
There are three AzMerit examinations that are given: writing, reading and math. Writing is given first in one testing session followed by reading and math that require two testing sessions. The writing and reading exams will be administered by your student's English teacher and math exams will be administered by your student's math teacher. Not all courses are tested. Students in the following courses will participate in the AzMerit exams:
Honors Algebra II
Accelerated Math Algebra I/Honors Geometry
Algebraic Functions B
Honors English 9
Honors English 10
AP English 11 Language and Composition
There may be more updates as the State continues to update us. As always, we appreciate the help and cooperation of the Higley High School community. Thank you.
2015-16 Calendar Reminder
Beginning next school year, the district is moving to a modified year-round school calendar. Classes begin July 27, 2015, with a two-week fall break, two-week winter break and two-week spring break. The last day of classes is May 26, 2016, and the last day for teachers is May 27, 2016. For information, go online to www.husd.org/newcalendars.
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